Free Grant Writing Workshops – April 20 & 29

Grant Seeking & Writing Workshops

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Somerville Media Center is offering two workshops with grant writer and educator Ellen Gugel. The workshops are geared to non-profit professionals, artists and community members who are interested in learning how to research applicable grants and create successful proposals.
These two free enrichment workshops are co-presented by Somerville Media Center and the Somerville Arts Council. Registration is limited for these high-demand workshops. Please only enroll if you know that you can attend the full session.

Workshop Descriptions

Tuesday, April 20 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM

Grant writing skills are in demand and valuable to anyone working in non-profits, community programs, government agencies, academic research, arts and environmental groups and even businesses seeking grants or government contracts. This ability is also a valuable skill for job seekers or volunteers serving in community based organizations. This workshop provides an introduction to the grant seeking process including an overview of the essential administrative functions for grant acquisition, types of funding sources, prospect research, cultivation of funders, breakdown of budgets, the anatomy of a grant, examining examples, and preparing a proposal concept.
Participants will gain the following benefits:
-An overview of fundraising in today’s competitive environment
-Hands on knowledge of how to research funding sources
-Knowledge of how to approach and cultivate funding prospects
-Mastery of grant writing basics
-The opportunity to write and have critiqued your own grant writing piece.

Thursday, April 29 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM

This “deep dive” advanced grant writing workshop builds on your basic grant writing skills and knowledge. Developing a solid, fundable grant proposal goes beyond good writing and organizing, and this workshop will cover advanced topics including budgets, logic models, cover letters, leveraging resources and partnerships, and others. We’ll ask the tough questions that help us create proposals that get funded, stay funded, and are aligned with our organization’s mission and priorities. Participants will learn the strategic plan of grant writing, by writing exercises that help them write an executive summary and other sections. This workshop will be a combination lecture, interactive exercises, writing exercises, and discussion. Participants will leave the class understanding how to research, write and develop their specific project.
Participants Will Gain the Following Benefits:
-Learn the strategic plan of grant writing through writing exercises and examples
-Understand how to research, write and develop a specific project
-Understand how the project budget fits with the narrative and its importance
-Basic understanding of program design through logic models and other tools

About the Instructor

Ellen Gugel, Grant Professional Certification (GPC), has 15 years nonprofit management and fundraising experience. She has helped many organizations from small, emerging grassroots to large multi-million dollar agencies: human and social services agencies; health care institutions; advocacy, environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups; and arts and cultural institutions. She has won hundreds of grant awards for her clients over the past ten years. As Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Lutheran Social Services (2010-2014), she established a successful grants program. Previously she consulted and served as Development Manager at Tower Hill (2004-2007), a regional botanic garden where she oversaw fundraising including annual appeal, major gifts, membership, and foundation and corporate support and secured $4 million in grants for a $12 million expansion. As the Executive Director of Orenda Wildlife Land Trust (1998-2004), Ellen reinvigorated a fledgling grassroots non-profit dedicated to preserving habitat for wildlife where she established successful grants and membership programs and initiated the organization’s first capital campaign. In addition to Grant Professional Certification, Ellen earned a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.